SpongeBob Squarepants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is a collection of mini games that shouldn't concern Mario or Nintendo much at all.
SpongeBob sports less than half of the mini-games that are in the latest Mario Party and the 30 or so that make it here aren't half as good. The best improvement over its older rival is that SpongeBob doesn't utilize the board game as Mario Party does.
The Story Mode is a complete waste of time and it doesn't even warrant your rental dollars. Sure, you can invite some friends over for a "party” game, but why would you want to drag this thing out unless you wanted them to leave immediately? The truth is that this game has a nice license and it looks and feels as if THQ was solely relying on the yellow sponge to draw the consumers to pick it up to shut their kids up.
Unfortunately, the game isn't all that much fun and it won't keep junior quiet for all that long. The mini-games are, for the most part, too long, tedious, have shoddy controls and are a complete bore. Sure, the youngest of the young will adore this no matter how bad it is, but the rest of us should just walk on by.